Results of consultations
- Aboriginal Victoria Forum: 13 December 2016
- 2016 Aboriginal representation consultations outcomes
- The next steps
- Treaty and Aboriginal representation consultations: July-December 2016
- Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group created: July 2016
- Aboriginal Victoria Forum: 26-27 May 2016
- Aboriginal self-determination and treaty community consultations: April-May 2016
This forum presented the consultation findings and options to guide the development of a representative body. Round-table workshops enabled further consultation and another opportunity for the community to have its say.
Photo gallery - graphic recordings
Aboriginal Victoria Forum
The process so far
Q&A Panel Discussion Community Consultations
International Treaty Panel on representation and Q&A
Self Determination and Treaty: our Government's commitment and next steps
Watch the recorded forum online via our Livestream channel.
Across the ten locations visited, a common set of eight design principles emerged.
The discussion on roles and functions also presented consistent themes, and a wider diversity of options.
Design Principle: Practical
Role and Function: Advocate
Design Principle: Inclusive Representation
Role and Function: Unification of Community
Design Principle: Unity
Role and Function: Represent
Design Principle: Culturally Based
Role and Function: Cultural Driver
Design Principle: Transparent and Accountable
Role and Function: Policy Creation
Design Principle: Skills Based
Role and Function: Investment and Planning for the Future
Design Principle: Independent
Role and Function: Educate
Design Principle: Clan Based
Role and Function: Dispute Resolution
Role and Function: Negotiate treaty
Information gathered from the 2016 round of consultations is currently being consolidated.
Detailed options for representative structures are being developed. The Aboriginal community will be given the opportunity to consider and decide on these in a final round of consultations in 2017.
More information to be available on this website shortly.
The Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group, supported by Ernst & Young independent consults, met with Victoria’s Aboriginal community to work out what representation could look like and discuss how it might be achieved.
Events were held at the following locations:
- Bairnsdale: 2 December 2016
- Horsham: 30 November 2016
- Warrnambool: 28 November 2016
- Shepparton: 22 November 2016
- Morwell: 16 November 2016
- Ballarat: 10 November 2016
- Melbourne: 9 November 2016
- Swan Hill: 4 November 2016
- Mildura: 2 November 2016
- Bendigo: 28 October 2016
Community Consultation on Contemporary Representation 2016 map of places visited
The Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group was established in July 2016 to consult with Aboriginal communities to develop options for a representative body and to provide advice to community and government on the next steps in a treaty making process.
The Working Group represents Traditional Owners, state wide Aboriginal community controlled organisations, and young Aboriginal people. Their role is to consult with Aboriginal communities to develop options for a representative body and to provide advice to community and government on the next steps in a treaty making process.
The Treaty Interim Working Group comprises of:
- Eleanor Bourke and Mick Harding nominated by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council
- Lidia Thorpe and Gary Murray nominated by The Victorian Traditional Owners Land Justice Group (Withdrawn October 2016)
- Janine Coombs and Jeremy Clark nominated by the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations
- Tarneen Onus-Williams and Douglas Briggs nominated by The Koorie Youth Council
- Muriel Bamblett and Wayne Muir nominated by the Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisation representatives.
They are joined by six people appointed by the Minister based on their personal experience and expertise:
- Paul Briggs
- Jill Gallagher
- Vicki Clark
- Aunty Di Kerr
- Lawrence Moser
- Geraldine Atkinson
Read the Terms of Reference for the Working Group: Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working GroupDOC (1.16 MB)
The first state wide Aboriginal Victoria forum was held to bring together Victoria’s Aboriginal community and agree on how to advance self-determination, a treaty and an Aboriginal representative body.
Photo gallery - graphic recordings
Aboriginal Victoria Forum Day 1
Self Determination Panel Discussion Day 1
Self Determination Keynote Day 1
Treaties Keynote Day 1
Treaties Panel Day 1
Treaties: Questions and Answers Day 1
Aboriginal Victoria Forum Day 2
Youth Panel Day 2
Keynote and Panel Discussion Day 2
Closing Summary Day 2
Read the outcomes of the Aboriginal Victoria Forum, 26-27 May 2016. AV Forum Summary FinalDOC (207.44 KB)
Across Victoria, in Mildura, Horsham, Shepparton and Bairnsdale, communities met to discuss what self-determination and treaty means for Aboriginal people.
Read the outcomes of the following consultation events: